Airtel and Tigo merge to form AirtelTigo

ACCRA (Reuters) - Bharti Airtel  has merged with Millicom’s Tigo  in Ghana to become the country’s second largest mobile operator, the new company AirtelTigo said on Tuesday.

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The merger, the first of its kind in Ghana, is a bid to increase share in the West African country where mobile phone use is one of the highest in Africa and competition for 37.4 million mobile phone users is fierce.

South Africa’s MTN  dominates with 47.5 percent of subscribers. Others include Britain’s Vodafone , Globacom of Nigeria and Sudan’s Sudatel Expresso.

The National Communications Authority regulator granted conditional approval for the merger in September, following an agreement in March by the two companies to combine their operations. .

AirtelTigo will serve around 10 million subscribers with revenues close to $300 million, it said in a statement.

Source: Reuters

Telecoms Chamber holds its 6th AGM

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications held its 6th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at its offices in Labone-Accra on November 7, 2017.

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The meeting was attended by members of the Chamber (which comprises licensed mobile network operators and Tower Infrastructure Companies) Chief Executives as well as their alternates.

The gathering saw the formal introduction of the new Chief Executive Officer, Ing. Kenneth Ashigbey and dealt with issues relating to the sustainability of the Telecoms Association and the mobile industry in general.

The Chamber’s AGM is held in Q3 of every year and gives shareholders the opportunity to dialogue on mobile industry issues as well selection of a new Governing Council Chair.

Below are pictures from the AGM……

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ABOUT THE CHAMBER
The Chamber is an industry association and a private initiative established by the mobile network operators and Tower companies in Ghana to help direct telecommunications policy, legislation and regulation, and pursue research towards the development of telecommunications.

Vodafone Ghana and Statistical Service launch initiative

Accra, Nov. 7, GNA – Vodafone Ghana has partnered the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to launch a not-for-profit “Big Data for Good” initiative aimed at using mobile-derived customer insights to make better predictions for sustainable development.

The concept will use data from mobile networks to make life-saving decisions, especially in a world which continues to be transformed by technology.

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A release issued by Joakim Reiter of the Group External Affairs of Vodafone, and copied to the Ghana News Agency said Vodafone Ghana, Vodafone Group Foundation, GSS and Flowminder, a non-profit organisation have come together to lead the way in using “anonymised data” to track trends in population movements.

It said the data could be used for the purposes of decision-making in the health, agriculture, and transportation sectors among others, adding that the partnership was one that would support Ghana to use valuable metrics in making better analyses and predictions for the greater good of all.

The initiative is also expected to help the country to better measure the Sustainable Development Goals indicators.

“We are leading the way in supporting Ghana’s drive to undertake significant reforms to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.”

It said with close to five billion telecommunication subscribers globally, the power of the mobile phone could not be underestimated.

“Mobile data is now dictating the pace by helping countries and organisations to make better analyses and predictions and Ghana is in a unique position to become a trailblazer across the continent.”

“Our partnership with the Statistical Service, Vodafone Foundation and Flowminder is one that will ultimately prove why data from mobile networks can become a force for the good of society,” it said.

Mr Baah Wadieh, the Acting Government Statistician was quoted as saying that “Our stock-in-trade is to produce big and relevant data that inures to the benefit of the country and its people.”

He noted that there were opportunities and benefits of using “Call Data Records” to create transformation in many countries across the world and that it was not doubtful that the initiative would transform and impact on social lives in Ghana.

“The GSS will ultimately take ownership of the project with data reports from Vodafone Ghana, while Flowminder will ensure that effective mechanism is in place to mine and analyse the information for significant public benefit,” Mr Wadieh said.

The not-for-profit initiative programme is receiving generous funding from the Hewlett Packard Foundation.

Source: GNA http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/vodafone-and-statistical-service-launch-initiative-124637

Tigo-Airtel Staff End Breast Cancer Month with Fundraising

Employees of the newly merged Airtel and Tigo in the last Friday of October marked the climax of this years’ Breast Cancer awareness month with a sea of Pink dress-codes in solidarity with Breast Cancer survivors.

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The headquarters of both entities were vibrant and alive as employees created awareness on Breast Cancer Awareness month which was climaxed with a buffet lunch and fund-raising activities.

The merged entity had a lot to celebrate given that they have over the years supported Breast Cancer campaigns by raising funds among themselves and supporting various institutions in creating awareness on early detection and caring for survivors.

This years’ internal awareness campaign which builds on the successes of activities over the years, featured a month-long digital news portal updates to employees on the signs to look out for, how to self-examine and treatment options when such signs are reported for early medical attention.

Employees were also sensitized against stigmatization and encouraged to be strong support systems for loved ones who find the selves with the devastating disease. They also partnered with NGO, Breast Care International for this year’s ‘Walk for Cure’ awareness campaign in Koforidua in the Eastern region.

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The Breast Cancer awareness month has become an institutionalized feature for employee engagements for Tigo and Airtel staff to compliment the national agenda which was this year themed “Early Detection and Effective Treatment Save Lives”.

Source: NewsGhana https://www.newsghana.com.gh/tigo-airtel-staff-organize-fundraising-activities-to-end-breast-cancer-month/